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Opposition flexes muscle at Naidu's fast, attacks Modi (Roundup)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

N Chandrababu Naidu's fast to demand special status for the state, here on Monday, turned into a show of strength for the opposition parties, which attacked for subverting India's democracy and federal structure.

Prominent opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and visited the venue of fast at the Andhra Bhavan here and endorsed the special status demand.

While Shiv Sena, a BJP ally, sent (MP), Shatrughan Sinha (BJP MP) and former Union Minister also visited the (TDP)

Leading his party's charge, Gandhi accused of lying about granting special status to and said the was left with no credibility.

"lies wherever he goes. He went to and lied about special status. He has absolutely no credibility left," said Gandhi and also raked up the Rafale deal.

"The has stolen from the people from Andhra Pradesh and given that money to his crony," he alleged.

Speaking on the occasion, former Prime Minister demanded the fulfil the promise of special status to Andhra without any further loss of time.

(AAP) chief Kejriwal called Modi a "world famous liar" and accused him of behaving like a Pakistani Prime Minister to subvert India's federal structure.

"The Prime Minister at least thrice declared he would give special status to Andhra. He is world famous for lying. Whatever he says, he never fulfils," Kejriwal said.

Attacking Modi over the CBI's showdown with West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Kejriwal accused him of behaving like a Pakistani Prime Minister.

"The way he treats state governments run by non-BJP parties looks as if he is the Prime Minister of Pakistan," he said, and noted out how Modi had Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch seized by paramilitary forces.

Batting for opposition unity, Naidu accused the Centre of betrayal on the special status and claimed there is a threat to democracy and the country under the Modi regime.

"Modi is threatening everybody -- opposition, bureaucracy, corporates and even the media. He is using the CBI, the and the to crush the opposition and dissent," said Naidu.

"We want to save democracy. Today there is a democratic compulsion for all political parties to join together to save the country," he said and blamed Modi for the falling standard of public discourse.

On the request of former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Deve Gowda, Naidu broke his fast later.

member Raut also endorsed Naidu's demands saying "commitment should be fulfilled first, later".

said the TDP will play an important role in government formation at the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls.

"It is unfortunate that the central government talks about cooperative federalism but does not believe in it. That's why they keep doing injustice to states. We are confident in 3-4 months, the new government will come, which will give justice to Andhra," he said.

Shatrughan Sinha also hit out Modi over the Rafale issue. "There are unanswered questions and if they remained unanswered, people will say 'chowkidar hi chor hai'," said the He also questioned Modi's silence on the issue despite persistent attack by the opposition.

National Conference called upon the opposition parties to remain united and steadfast and asserted the first thing the new government at the Centre will do is granting special status to Andhra.

Deve Gowda said the promises regarding Andhra's reorganisation made by then Prime Minister on the floor of the House cannot be prevented by anyone.

"It is the responsibility of the incoming governments to carry out decisions taken by the previous government... I anticipate future government, whoever heads it, is certainly going to fulfil the promise made by Manmohan Singh," he said.

Nationalist Party's Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress' Derek O' Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, and Loktantrik Janata Dal's also visited Naidu.

This is the second time that the opposition have came together to present a united front against the Modi-led BJP. On January 19, leaders of 23 national and regional parties descended on Kolkata for a rally and pledged to work together to prevent the BJP retaining power.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:42 IST